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Quantum Potential – Where Light and Matter Co-Exist

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Plasmons, quasiparticles arising from the collective motion of electrons on the surface of a metal, can strongly modify the behavior of nearby light, and could be instrumental in building some of the key components of a quantum circuit. But far more must be learned about their effects to develop them as a material.

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UofSC Faculty Experts: 2016 South Carolina Primaries and Presidential Election

With the New Hampshire primary today, all eyes will turn to South Carolina, site of the first-in-the-South presidential primaries on Feb. 20 and 27. The University of South Carolina’s Office of Public Relations has compiled a list of faculty experts who can discuss topics relevant to the South Carolina primaries and the presidential election.

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Using Medical Marijuana to Stop Seizures in Kids

Desperate for relief, parents are taking unusual steps to help children plagued with seizures. The relief, however, comes in a most unlikely form: marijuana.

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Winter Weather Woes: SLU Expert Offers Tips to Protect Your Skin

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Winter's arctic blast can wreak havoc on delicate skin. Nicole Burkemper, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University, shares her tips for updating your skin regimen for the season.

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What You Need to Know About Zika Virus and Microcephaly

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent announcement of a public health emergency of international concern has many individuals searching for information on the Zika virus. Larry Kociolek, MD, Infectious Diseases at Lurie Children’s explains the virus, addresses the concern for risk in pregnant women and how you can prevent contracting the illness.

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Former NAACP Chief’s Endorsement Signals Lackluster Clinton Support, Expert Says

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Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders’ standing among black voters could receive a boost with the expected endorsement of Benjamin Jealous, who served as president of the NAACP from 2008 to 2013. Darren Davis, a professor of political science and an associate vice president for research at the University of Notre Dame, notes that political endorsements are primarily symbolic, but Jealous’ endorsement is more symbolic than most.

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‘Stakes Are High’ in Pope’s Visit to Mexico, Experts Say

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When Pope Francis travels to Mexico Feb. 12-17, he will visit six cities — including two in the state of Chiapas, Mexico’s poorest state — and will celebrate a Mass in Ciudad Juárez across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. A University of Notre Dame expert calls this a "defining trip" for the pope.

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Reinforcing Parenting Through Cooking

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Roasted vegetables, fruit salads and spinach smoothies can form the basis for a healthy meal and provide a chance to connect as a family. These are insights that 9- and 10-year-olds and their caregivers in South Dakota gained through iCook, a multi-state U.S. Department of Agricultural project to increase culinary skills, family mealtime and physical activity as a means of preventing childhood obesity.

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University of Maryland School of Medicine Experts Available to Discuss Zika Virus

As it spreads throughout South and Central America and beyond, Zika presents a unique challenge to health officials and to the public. University of Maryland School of Medicine infectious disease specialists can offer insight into the virus, its potential hazards, and the possibility that it may spread to the U.S.

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Mosquito Expert on Zika Virus: ‘I Am Confident We Will See Transmission This Summer’

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Baylor University Biology Professor Richard Duhrkopf, Ph.D., says, "Given what is happening in the Caribbean and South America, the threat of Zika virus is real for the U.S."

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Cancer Too Complex for a Magic Bullet: Resources to Support Research Are Needed, Expert Says

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Thursday, Feb. 4, marks World Cancer Day. M. Sharon Stack, director of the Harper Cancer Research Institute, says the 14.5 million cancer survivors alive today "stand in ready testament to the fact that research cures cancer."

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Is Your Child at Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest?

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James Galas, M.D., a pediatric cardiologist on staff at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, part of the Detroit Medical Center, has an interest in providing public awareness programs to the community. “Studies suggest that in the majority of cases of sudden cardiac death, the athlete does not recognize symptoms until the actual cardiac arrest,” Dr. Galas says.

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High-Tech Toys Could Stagnate Babies’ Communication Skills

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When babies and toddlers play with a tablet or other noisy device, they often play alone, which can be detrimental to their development, according to Bradford Wiles, an assistant professor and extension early child development specialist at Kansas State University. Research has shown that children need meaningful interaction with adults to reach their full social potential.

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A Scholar's View on Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

Sociologist Christopher Bail studies how anti-Muslim organizations use social media.

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'Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century '

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The new book "Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century" offers an in-depth sociological exploration of present-day colorism in the lives of black women, investigating the lived experiences of a phenomenon that continues to affect women of African descent.

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Wine, Roses and a Walk on the Beach –Valentine’s Day Ideas for Those with Diabetes

If the person you love loves chocolate, grabbing a gift for Valentine’s Day is a breeze. But if the person you love has diabetes or prediabetes, you have to think outside the heart-shaped box, says Debora Nagata, R.N., diabetes educator at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.

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Top 5 Heart Health Tips for Women

Leading Female Cardiovascular Experts from Mount Sinai Heart Share Advice in Celebration of February’s American Heart Month and National Go Red Day Friday, February 5

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Super Bowl Ad Buy Can Be a Good Investment, Marketing Expert Says

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As the Super Bowl marks its 50th anniversary, deciding whether to spring for an ad is tougher than ever for companies. Frank Germann, an assistant professor of marketing in the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, says the decision is easier when broken down into a cost per impressions.

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Political Duels at Work? Baylor Expert Gives 9 Tips to Keep the Peace

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Sparring over immigration reform, ISIS and whether Trump should be in the White House can go quickly from casual to spirited to heated during water-cooler chats at work or in staff meetings.

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UC San Diego Surgeon Heading to 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games

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In two weeks, UC San Diego Health orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Sonya Ahmed will head to Lillehammer, Norway for the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games. Ahmed is a former elite athlete herself—competing internationally in gymnastics and in collegiate pole vaulting. But this time she’s heading to the world stage not as an athlete, but as a doctor.